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An ab belt is a machine that is used to help strengthen and tone the muscles in the abdominal region. It is worn about the midsection and is a machine that is often advertised as creating the results of exercise without the wearer actually having to perform specific exercises that are known to strengthen the abs. An ab belt does this by causing the muscles in the abdominal region to contract, just as they would while performing sit ups or crunches. As such, the muscles are worked in a manner that leads to stronger abs. In most cases, an ab belt is a battery-operated device but the exact mechanism that causes the machine to work differs slightly with each model.
Just as it is important not to make dramatic changes in one's exercise routine, it is also important not to begin using an ab belt for long sessions if the muscles in the abdominal region are not already quite strong. Going from leading a sedentary lifestyle to trying to run for two hours per day can create health problems and lead to injury.
Gradually developing strength and stamina is a much healthier approach for people who are trying to improve their level of fitness. The same is true for people who are beginning to use an ab belt. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Do not use an ab belt for sessions that last longer than the recommended intervals, and be sure to give the abdominal muscles time to recover after each session. This could lead to pain and injury.
Although an ab belt can help to improve strength within the abdominal muscles, these results will not be very visible if the user still has a good deal of fat around his midsection. While the muscles underneath the fat may be stronger, the layer of fat on top of them will still keep them mostly hidden. For those who are looking for a slimmer waistline, an ab belt may help, but it should be coupled with diet and exercise. On the other hand, for people who are already quite trim and are just looking to get closer to that "washboard abs" look, an ab belt might help to reach this goal. There are a number of companies that make this kind of device and the products usually range in price between $90 USD (US Dollars) and $150 USD.